Book Review | Hooked by Bobbi J.G. Weiss
Happy Halloween everyone!
Welcome to my tour stop! Today I have a review and excerpt for this fabulous book. Hope you all find it helpful!
Author: Bobbi J.G. Weiss
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Horror
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Page Numbers: 518
Source: Copy given to me by the author
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He is not Captain Hook.
His name is Jonathan Stuart, and he’s just an ornery post-alcoholic bookstore owner from Pasadena with a mania for fencing and a bad habit of disappointing his girlfriend. He doesn’t want to be in the Neverland, impossibly trapped aboard the Jolly Roger with a horde of greedy stinking pirates. He was tricked there by Peter Pan.
Pan happily invites children to come to his wondrous magical island, but he has to trick adults. No adult in their right mind would go willingly. Adults, you see, don’t have a very good time in the Neverland. The fairies and mermaids are against them. The island itself is against them. Most of all, Peter Pan is against them.
In particular, Peter Pan is against Jonathan Stuart. Why? Jonathan had better figure that out, and he’d better do it fast before his mutating memories insist that, not only does he indeed belong in this nightmarish hell of bloodthirsty children, ticking crocodiles and vengeful boy gods, but he’s never existed anyplace else.
So you see, he’s definitely not Captain Hook.
Well, not yet.
ReviewHooked was a very interesting and terrifying novel that messes with the mind. A perfect read for a Halloween, especially for those that enjoy reading about Peter Pan and Captain Hook. This definitely was an intriguing twist on the story.
Jonathan Stuart is a man that never knew his father and had a loving mother that kept him in the dark. He was an alcoholic who now owns a bookstore. He has a girlfriend, but his choice never made her happy because she always ended up with the short stick. Things go array when he is tricked into going to the Neverland by Peter Pan and trapped on the Jolly Roger. Neverland is like the hell for kids as it is depicted in this story and Pan the head of it all. Jonathan is confused as to why he was taken and must figure things out before he becomes Captain Hook. That's where things get a interesting.
This was such a weird book simply because as I reader I had to try and figure out what was real and what was not because it switches back and forth and being that Jonathan was an alcoholic you never know what is reality and what is not. The fact that the story of Peter Pan was turned into this dark horror filled novel was awesome! I'm not really a horror person, but I totally enjoyed Jonathan's outlook on everything.
Overall, I definitely plan to reread this book again because it was so good and it scared me at some parts which means it's definitely awesome for a Halloween read.
I recommend this to anyone interested in horror, retellings of Peter Pan and psychological bender.
About the Author
After several boring “normal” jobs, her writing wishes came true — she and her husband/partner David Cody Weiss began to make their living as full-time freelance writers, focusing on Hollywood tie-in merchandise like movie/TV novel adaptations, comics, and other related and often ridiculous products. After 20+ years of this, the “WeissGuys” decided to enter the wild world of self-publishing.
You can find more information about Bobbi, her books, her life, and her weird husband at bobbijgweiss.com. She also posts on Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook unless her passwords mysteriously stop working and she can’t get on, which seems to happen a lot. Why? She has no idea. Probably computer voodoo.